University Honors College - The Honorable mention

Stress Reduction Program Events: Weekly Meditation, Koru Midfulness and Meditation

Posted by Tim on February 3, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Stress Relief, Workshops

  • Weekly Meditation Group time change to 3:30-4:30pm (from 12-1pm) on Fridays in SU 228.  Students told us that more of them could make it if we offered it later in the day on Fridays, so we hope more students can join us at the new time.  This drop-in group teaches the fundamentals of mindfulness and meditation, and provides students with a variety of meditation techniques.  Meditation props provided.  No experience necessary. 
  • We are offering three 4-session Koru Mindfulness & Meditation classes at the following times this semester—
  •  Wednesdays:  4-5:30pm—2/19, 2/26, 3/4 & 3/11 OR   2)  Thursdays:    3:30-5pm—2/20, 2/27, 3/5 & 3/12 OR   3)  Wednesdays:  3-4:30pm—4/1, 4/8, 4/15 & 4/22.  These classes help students to develop their own daily meditation practice for just a few minutes a day, and offer the opportunity to share and get support from the same group over the course of a month.  No experience necessary.  We provide the book and app for the class.  Registration is required on UBLinked or by emailing (see attached ad and registration form).
  • We are offering a 4-hour silent Koru Mindfulness Retreat on Friday 4/3 from 1-5pm in the Richmond Aerobics Studio in the Ellicott Complex.  At this silent retreat we will experiment with slowing down our thinking minds, stepping away from our SmartPhones and focusing on gratitude. The retreat will include mindfulness skill building, meditation instruction and practice time, yoga, snacks and plenty of quiet time.  All experience levels welcome.  Meditation props provided.  Pre-register on UBLinked so we know how much food to bring (see attached registration form).

Safe Zone Training February 11

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Safe Zone Training

February 11, 2020

12 noon-2 p.m.

240 Student UnionLearn more about gender and sexual identities and issues facing and within the LGBTQ communities.  Learn to be better allies and increase awareness of resources on our campus and in Buffalo.  The goal of this workshop is to inspire others to create safe and affirming environments for all members of our community.


February Dessert Hour February 10

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Workshops

February Dessert Hour

February 10, 2020

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

240 Student UnionCome join us as we highlight being a Person of Color in the LGBTQ+ community while enjoying some dessert, playing jeopardy and writing encouraging notes for LGBTQ+ individuals at UB.


Topic Of the Week: OK Boomer February 5

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops



Wednesday, February 5th

2 p.m.-3 p.m.

240 Student Union

Where did the retort “OK BOOMER” come from and what does it mean to you? 

Does this mark the “end of friendly generational relations”? Is it a slur?  What trends in culture built up to this deflationary remark?


LGBTQ Dinner Crew February 3

Posted by Tim on January 27, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Stress Relief, Uncategorized, Workshops

LGBTQ Dinner Crew

Monday, February 3, 2020

6 p.m.-8 p.m.

240 Student UnionWe will be viewing, Moonlight, a movie about a young, black man growing up gay in an impoverished part of Miami.  His journey to manhood is guided by the kindness, support and love of the community that helps raise him. Discussion will follow.


Apply for the SPARK Program by January 29

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Fellowships, Networking, Scholarship Opportunities, Stress Relief, Workshops

Are you looking for ways to go beyond the classroom and get the most out of your UB experience?
Based on your outstanding academic achievements, you are invited to apply for the Office of Fellowships and Scholarship’s Spark Program. Spark is an eight-week development program for freshmen and sophomores designed to give students the opportunity to assess their strengths, envision their futures and create plans to become competitive for major fellowships and scholarships. Plus, there’s free food!
Spark will take place on Thursdays from 5-6:30 p.m. in 107 Capen Hall, starting Feb. 6 and ending April 2.

Topics covered will be:
Week 1: Introduction to the Spark program and meet a fellowship recipient Week 2: What are my strengths? Clifton Strengths assessment Week 3: Networking Night Week 4: Research dinner with faculty Week 5: Internationalizing your undergraduate experience Week 6: Community and civic engagement Week 7: Developing a personal statement with the Center for Excellence in Writing Week 8: Searching for fellowships and scholarships
Hear from Spark Alumni!
“The point of the program is to spark interest in something…the path you choose as a high schooler doesn’t have to be your permanent path.”   – Spark program participant

This program is open to freshmen and sophomores.

These fellowships and scholarships do not cover the expenses of medical school, dental school or pharmacy but students in these disciplines are encouraged to meet with Fellowships advisor Megan Stewart to think about possibilities for a bridge year experience. 

Additionally, all of the competitive awards covered in this program are only available to U.S. citizens. 

Learn more and apply!


Start Up Your Spring ’20 Semester with Startup Boot Camp January 23 and 24

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Workshops

Start  Up Your Spring ’20 Semester:

You have a product or an idea that could ignite. What if you just start selling? When can you stop listening and just build? Surely your customers are just like you and they’ll buy the first time… but what if they don’t?

Learn to avoid the mistakes that stop so many founders short, and ask for help in a way that gets you the access you need. Validate your riskiest hidden assumptions!

Apply Now! Winter 2020 Boot Camp is January 23rd and 24th. Seats are limited – students accepted on a rolling basis. Click here to apply.

How Does it Work?

Join us for 2 full days before the fall or spring semester begins. We’ll provide food and any necessary off-campus transportation for program related activities. If you live on campus, early dorm check-in is available.


Experiential Learning Network Sophomore Living Learning Community

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Networking, Workshops

A project-based learning experience.


  • Collaborate on team projects with tangible impacts.
  • Live with other engaged students who are eager to make a difference.
  • Build strong connections with faculty members and community leaders.

• Design and implement a team project under
the guidance of a mentor.
• Receive funding support for your project
• Participate in a 1-credit fall and 1-credit spring

• Experience UB’s premier housing,
Greiner Hall.
• Attend early move-in and communitybuilding
• Receive access to special trips and

Information Session in 24 Capen Hall, Wednesday, February 5, 2020 at 12 noon.

Applications are due by February 14, 2020

Apply at


Informal Shakespeare Reading Group Spring 2020

Posted by Tim on January 22, 2020 in Community Announcements, Event, Networking, Stress Relief

Spring 2020 marks the eighth year of our informal non-credit Shakespeare Reading Group, first convened by UB Honors College Director Andy Stott at the behest of several bright STEM students, mentored since then by me, convened for the last four years by English Department BA/MA Shaun Nowicki.  Together we’ve managed to read around the room and “play” through almost the entire canon and also a number of other great plays from the early modern period, as well as occasionally screen or attend live performances.  It’s been a great corollary to formal course work, and a great source of camaraderie and fun. With Shaun’s graduation this coming May and my retirement this coming August we’ll be looking for new leadership and continuity.

Here’s Shaun’s preliminary announcement of the tentative line-up for this coming spring semester.  If you are interested, please let him know at, and he will in turn let you know about the time and place for our weekly one-hour meetings.  Then all you need to do is show up with your printed text or your laptop.  These days most of us just plug in and read out loud—at the rate of about one Act a week, or three full-length plays over the course of the semester—moving around the room and taking new parts at each change of scene.


Research Opportunity with Dr. Lucia Leone in Community Health and Health Behavior

Posted by Tim on January 10, 2020 in Community Announcements, Honors Experiences, Research Information and Opportunities

Dr. Lucia Leone, a faculty member in the Department of Community Health and Health Behavior, UB School of Public Health and Health Professions, is seeking to fill multiple research assistant positions for the Spring and Summer 2020 semesters. Research assistants will be responsible for working on studies related to increasing access to healthy food in lower-income and underserved communities, and will contribute to the current Veggie Van study, in which evidence-based strategies are being used to help partners start or expand mobile market programs. Opportunities include: participant recruitment, data collection/management (experience with REDCap a plus), quantitative/qualitative data analysis, literature reviews, administrative/project coordination tasks, community outreach activities, and website/social media communication management.  Preferred Qualifications: Organized and detail oriented, highly motivated, strong GPA, good communication skills, ability to interact with diverse populations, and the ability to solve problems independently.  Seeking undergrad interested in research experience and able to work a flexible schedule, including evenings and weekend hours. To apply: please send your resume and cover letter to Please add your last name to the file names of these documents. We will interview students on a first come, first served basis.